Ashes: James Taylor celebrates England recall with hundred in Hove draw

Last Updated: 29/07/13 10:08am

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James Taylor followed his England call-up with a century on his guest appearance for Sussex as the tour match against Australia ended in a draw.

Taylor, named in a 14-man squad for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, was 121 not out when Sussex declared their first-innings at 368-7, a lead of two, shortly after lunch on the final day.

The Nottinghamshire batsman is in action at Hove at the behest of the England selectors, who viewed the three-day encounter as better preparation for a Test recall than playing for his parent county in the Friends Life t20.

Resuming on the third morning on 64, Taylor made steady progress to complete his 16th first-class hundred before lunch.

Sussex, on 228-5 overnight, lost two wickets in the morning session. Chris Jordan was bowled by Mitchell Starc three short of a half-century and spinner Nathan Lyon claimed his first wicket of the match by trapping Callum Jackson lbw for 26.

Lyon is hoping to earn a chance for Australia at Old Trafford on Thursday after being overlooked for teenager Ashton Agar during defeats at Trent Bridge and Lord's.

Australia reached 152-2 in their second innings before shaking hands on a draw.

Stand-in skipper Ed Cowan followed up his first-innings 66 with an unbeaten 77, however Usman Khawaja (1) and Phil Hughes 38 both fell to Sussex seamer Lewis Hatchett.

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